A record-breaking crowd witnessed the inauguration of President Barack Obama to a second term of office. In an address to the nation that lacked his normally somewhat flowery rhetoric, the president laid out his agenda for his second term, with a focus on education, healthcare reform, tax reform, climate change, gay rights, immigration and a hint toward gun reform. There was no sugar-coating the ambitions of this administration. Unhindered by the prospect of reelection, the only thing that will keep any of these objectives from coming into fruition will be the constant deadlock in Congress, which--let's be honest folks--is the bastard child of the Republican party. The 2014 election is just around the corner, and even though the threat of not being able to execute a deer with a gun that shoots 100 rounds of ammunition a minute or fight off mythological government takeovers with military-grade hardware will rally their base, the Republican Party still has a fight ahead. Of course, with all the gerrymandering that took place before the 2012 election, many House members are safe in their seats.
Congratulations, President Obama. My only prayer is that you lead in a manner that makes our great nation greater.